Marc A. Brinkmeyer : Owner

Marc began his career as an accountant with Arthur Anderson in Portland, OR. He worked with medium sized and large companies, including several in the forest products industry. From 1973 to 1981, Marc was the Chief Financial Officer for Brand-S, who had processing facilities in Oregon, Idaho and Montana. In 1981, Brinkmeyer purchased the Laclede sawmill from Brand-S and formed Riley Creek Lumber Co. In 2003, Riley Creek purchased two additional mills from LP located in Moyie Springs and Chilco Idaho. Marc plays an active role in guiding the strategic direction of IFG and is heavily involved in the promotion and development of the Idaho forest products industry.

Bryan Riga: Director of Strategy & Innovation

Bryan started at IFG in 2000, working at both Laclede and Chilco sawmills before attending the University of Idaho, where he earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Engineering. In his nine years at the sawmills, Bryan was a certified machine operator and part of the engineering project team that built the Chilco sawmill after the purchase from Louisiana Pacific. He learned to work as part of a team and experienced first-hand what it takes to improve productivity. After college, Bryan moved to Silicon valley and worked for several startups in the technology industry. While in Silicon Valley he served as a consultant to several fortune 500 companies in the manufacturing sector. He returned to IFG in 2019 and now leads the Strategy and Innovation team headquartered in Athol.

Julie Shiflett: Chief Operations & Financial Officer

Julie has more than 30 years experience leading companies as a CFO and Administrative officer with responsibility for accounting, finance, human resources, purchasing, and information technology. Julie started her forest products career at an early age supporting the family logging business. In the early 2000’s Julie worked for IFG for five years as the VP of Finance and Administration. Since that time she has expanded her experience working with companies and industries such as publicly held, family owned, venture capital backed, manufacturing, retail, agricultural, healthcare, and the list goes on. Julie now brings to IFG best practices from these many areas as well as her formal education including degrees in business, accounting, economics, technology management, and organizational development.

Erol Deren: VP Sales & Marketing

Erol began his career with Georgia Pacific in 1987 where he held various positions of increasing responsibility in sales, procurement, and management. His last position was Director of Commodity Lumber. He joined Riley Creek in 2005 as president of the distribution company. In 2007 Erol was named the VP of Sales & Marketing of Riley Creek Lumber and in December of 2009 the VP of Sales and Marketing for Idaho Forest Group. Erol has a BS in business administration and a Minor in economics from Humboldt State University.

Tom Schultz: Director of Resource & Government Affairs

Tom Schultz joined Idaho Forest Group in January 2018. Prior to working for Idaho Forest Group, he served as the director of the Idaho Department of Lands for six years. As secretary to the State Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board), he oversaw the management of 2.4 million surface acres of endowment lands and 3.3 million acres of endowment minerals in the State of Idaho. Prior to joining the Idaho Department of Lands, Tom worked for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) for 14 years. He served as the administrator of the DNRC Trust Lands Division, and served as the administrator for the DNRC Water Resources Division from 2009 to 2010. Before working for the State of Montana, Tom served as an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Launch Officer in the United States Air Force. Tom earned a Bachelor’s degree in Government from the University of Virginia and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wyoming as well as a Master’s degree in Forestry from the University of Montana.

Mike Henley: Regional Manager- North

Mike has over 24 years of knowledge and experience in the lumber industry. Mike worked briefly at the LP mill in Priest River, Idaho pulling on the green chain prior to starting his career with Riley Creek Lumber.  He has over 17 years in Industry Management, 8 years as sawmill supervisor, 4 years as maintenance supervisor, 5 years as the Laclede and Chilco mills Regional Manager, and most recently became Regional Manager of the Athol facility.  Prior to getting his opportunity in management, Mike spent 7 years in the green end of the Laclede plant where he operated most mill machinery, log yard equipment and spent some time in Quality Control.  Currently for Idaho Forest Group Mike is “hands on” and through his leadership has helped both facilities become low cost, efficient producers of high quality lumber. Mike enjoys working with other team members to bring out the best in them in addition to working with customers.

Jesse Short: Regional Manager-South

Jesse has more than a decade of leadership experience in the industry. He joined Riley Creek Lumber after four years with Louisiana Pacific, and continued on with Idaho Forest Group after the merger with Bennett Forest Industries. He was previously plant manager for the Moyie Springs facility for four years, and in 2011 he was moved south to be Regional Manager of the Lewiston and Grangeville mills. He holds an Associates Degree in residential construction from Delta College in Saginaw, Michigan.

Chris Pease: Gulf Regional Manager

Chris began his career in the sawmill industry as a Kiln Operator for Louisiana-Pacific in 1996. In 2005, he joined Riley Creek, Moyie Springs Mill, as a Boiler/Kiln Operator. Three years later, in 2008, he was promoted to Lead Boiler/Kiln, as Riley Creek transitioned to Idaho Forest Group. In 2010, he became Green End Supervisor until he was named Plant Manager of Moyie Springs Mill February 2013. In late 2021, Chris was named Gulf Regional Manager for the new sawmill in Lumberton, Mississippi. Chris is committed to promoting safety, team work and community awareness.

Chad Kosmicki: Chief Technology Officer

Chad Kosmicki joined Idaho Forest Group as the Chief Technology Officer in April 2018. Prior to joining the IFG Team, he worked as Director of IT/Automation at USS/POSCO Industries in California for over 16 years. During his time at USS/POSCO, he also spent time as a Software Engineer, Controls Engineer, and Maintenance Engineer. Chad received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho in 2001. He has a passion for advancing the Lumber Industry and integrating Technologies that improve Safety, Quality, and the Efficiency of our Mills. Chad also enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his kids in their various sporting activities.

Bruce Brewer: Residual Manager

Bruce has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the forest products business. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a BS in Forest Business and began his forestry career in 1981. Bruce joined Riley Creek in 2003 and transitioned to Idaho Forest Group in 2008.  He has held positions as Fee Lands Manager, Chilco Resource Manager and Chilco Plant Manager.  Currently, as the Residuals Manager for all five IFG mills he is responsible for the sales of all chips, sawdust, shavings and bark.

Alan Harper: Director of Forest Operations

Alan received his BS degree in Forest Management from Humboldt State University in 1985. After graduation he started his career in forestry working for Diamond Lands out of Sterling City, California where he worked on the timber sale layout crew setting up timber sales and managing the contract logging crews. In 1989 he started his own business “Timber Wolf Enterprises” which specialized in writing forest management plans and contract logging. In 2000 Alan took a position with Riley Creek Lumber to be the Resource Manager for the new saw mill that was being built in Plummer, Idaho later known as Plummer Forest Products.

Bill Higgins: Director of Business Development

Bill has been the Resource Manager at the Grangeville mill since September 2006 and the newly purchased Lewiston sawmill since November 2011. Prior to that, he was Resource Manager for Yakima Resources which was the old Boise Cascade mills in Yakima, Washington. After graduating from the University of Idaho with a degree in Forest Products in 1994, Bill spent twelve years with Boise Cascade in Kettle Falls, Washington and Yakima, Washington as a forester, road engineer and logging manager. Bill also holds an MBA from Washington State University. He has recently taken on the role of Director of Business Development for Idaho Forest Group.

Curtis Fryer: Chief Information Officer

Curtis Fryer became the Chief Information Officer  for Idaho Forest Group in 2016. Curtis received his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Lewis Clark State where he was quickly recruited to become the college’s Data Communications Manager six months prior to graduation. Following his work with the college, he advanced in his technology career by helping to build a start-up company into a thriving business. For ten years he devoted his time to bringing technology to the north-central part of Idaho in a multitude of arenas such as education, healthcare and manufacturing. In 2010, Curtis became the Lead Information Officer for a rural healthcare system that was working towards adoption of the Affordable Care Act. Curtis also enjoys spending time with his family, camping, snow skiing and playing golf.

Dana Schmitz: Business Production Analyst

Dana has been in the Wood Products Industry for over 26 years and started working for Idaho Forest Group in early 2012. Dana started in the Industry with Potlatch Corporation in accounting, moved through Superintendent roles in both lumber and plywood. Most of the last ten years with Potlatch was spent as their Business Planning Manager for their Wood Products Division. The last three years he served as Plant Manager for Lewiston Lumber under Clearwater Paper. Dana has a solid base in Modeling with Linear Programming, going back to the early days of PC’s in the late 80’s. Dana will be working on identifying opportunities across all functions and operations within IFG to improve our cost positions of our revenue stream.